Members of the Maryland Army National Guard arrive at Adventist HealthCare White Oak Medical Center to set up a triage tent in the parking lot outside of the emergency room on March 19, 2020 in Silver Spring, Maryland. Hospitals across the country are preparing for an influx of additional patients due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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President Donald Trump on Sunday announced that he has activated the National Guard in California, New York and Washington state in order to combat the spread of the coronavirus. The administration emphasized that the deployment of guard members is not martial law.
The state governors will retain command of the National Guard, but the Federal Emergency Management Agency will cover all costs of the missions to respond to the virus outbreak.
“We’re dealing also with other states. These states have been hit the hardest,” the president said during a White House press briefing.
As of Sunday morning, at least 7,300 National Guard members…